- OOH MY GOD WE HAVE A FLIPFLOP P.M ON BOARD!
- Sabah, Sarawak losing points to KL
- Zahrain vs Jahabar or Malaysian Insider?
- Malaysia Day celebration at Bangkung Row - Part 1
- WHERE WERE YOU ON 16 SEPT 2010?
- 'Hearts with hair' at Banting
- 'My position on the party elections'
- Penny Arcade: Grownups Server
- Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet – Writing by Brian Clevinger
- In Search of People of Colour (at: 9/12 Rally)
- Sodomy II: Anwar's bid to dismiss charge postponed
- Khir Toyo: I don't want to be MB again
- IGP Musa Dark Secret! by RPK
- Sosilawati Brutal Murder ~ animation
- Professor Dr Azmi Sharom Being Crystal Clear
- Are we really practicing the 20-Point Agreement?
- Ged rid of Perkasa and good things will happen
- Talk is cheap, Chua
- Sistem dua parti kini semakin terbentuk
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 04:08 PM PDT
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By K PragalathCOMMENT Malaysia is 47 years old through the unification of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore in 1963. (Singapore was separated from Malaysia in 1965.)
The Kuala Lumpur-Kota Kinabalu-Kuching relationship must be relooked because of the imbalance between the centre and the periphery.
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 12:31 PM PDT
It's far from over. The war between Zahrain Hashim and the Malaysian Insider CEO Jahabar Sadiq rages on. Rather than solving it in a gentlemen manner, both chose going for the arbitrator. While Jahabar lodged a police report to deny the YB accusation, Zahrain went a step ahead by demanding the government to close the news portal.
Wow! Was Zahrain against Jahabar or the Malaysian Insider. After all, he only accused Jahabar of associating himself with Indon's Bendera, an opposition-cum-opportunist group that staged anti-Malaysia demonstrations at our embassy in Jakarta recently.
Just a question to Zahrain (whom I knew when I was a bureau chief in Penang during the early 90s) - Jahabar of Malaysian Insider?
If there is a case against Jahabar, then take on Jahabar alone. There is no need asking the government to close down the news portal. I have not read anything Bendera-linked article in the Insider ever since the Malaysia-Indonesia friction erupted.
I am not taking side here but for Zahrain to make such a serious allegation, he must have tangible evidence of support.
Another thing, Zahrain can make a better Home Minister than Hisham. I believe a lot of blogs, news portals and a few newspapers would be closed down...
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 06:00 AM PDT
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 10:42 AM PDT
Another public holiday to mark on our calendar - 16 September, Malaysia Day. 47 years since the formation of Malaysia, and this is the first time we are celebrating it!
For me, National Day on 31 August came and went like any other day, but Malaysia Day held more significance and meaning.
I was out the whole day from 8.00am to 11pm. First was the 5th National Congress On Integrity (NCOI). The theme this year was "Truth Matters: Integration with Integrity".
In the impressive line-up of distinguished speakers that included recently retired Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram and former Oxford-trained lawyer Datuk Azzat Kamaludin, the speech that resonated most with me was delivered by Senator Dato Seri Idris Jala. He spoke on "Celebrating Diversity in Malaysia". I've never heard the concept of 1Malaysia explained with such clarity and conviction. If anyone could transform Malaysia from a regional centre of mediocrity to a global model of meritocracy, it would be this man.
For the benefit of those who missed the event, here are some key slides from Dato Idris Jala's presentation. They are self-explanatory. Click on image to enlarge.
Paid in Fiction in action. They are featured on SABM's 'Bangkit' CD.
What a treat to listen to the beautiful and talented Amirah Ali singing her debut hit "Katakanlah". Click on the link to listen.
The InorOut website was launched at the SABM event to encourage Malaysians to think, speak out and vote on issues that concern them.
Doing my bit to spread the message via SABM's T-shirt "RACISM is so yesterday", and NCOI's "WE 'R' MALAYSIA"
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 06:23 AM PDT
Tonight I skip politics and Harry Lee Kuan Yew and instead go over to Hairy hearts, to make a mention of the horrendous cases of cold blooded murder in Banting.
One phrase jumps at me – sim snair mor.
In Penang Hokkien it means literally 'the heart grows hair' or more appropriately 'the heart with hair', a Chinese idiom meaning the owner of the heart has no moral qualms or conscience, implying he is totally ruthless and evil, and of course 'cold bloodedly monstrous'.
In Australia, the most horrendous series of murders was known as the Backpacker murders or sometimes the Belanglo Forest murders, where the crimes were committed. But the culprit was a serial killer, a psychotic murderer targeting backpackers or hitch-hikers.
From reports thus far, mostly by the Star Online, the Banting murders seem to be about unscrupulous profiteering.
And it's not about a sole murderer but a group of murders.
It's the most horrific series of murders (yet to be proven of course) I have heard ever committed in Malaya.
That's all, because words fail me by this stage.
Posted: 16 Sep 2010 07:42 PM PDT
From Nurul Izzah Anwar, via e-mail
I make this statement to indicate my official position on the PKR elections. I am happy that PKR is going through direct elections, which is a true reflection of our national election process.
Our 400,000 members is a microcosm of the 11 million Malaysian registered voters whose aspirations are expressed in the mandate given to elected leaders through a fair and free election process.
The entire nation is watching on how we conduct our party's democratic process, as it would be an indicator of how we will govern the nation once given the opportunity.
Therefore, I call upon all candidates to demonstrate their leadership and responsibility in ensuring that party elections become an example for the nation.
A true democratic process welcomes divergent views and a contest of ideas between candidates.
A healthy election happens when we evaluate the ideas presented instead of focusing exclusively on a candidate's personality.
Let us hear about ideas and solutions from the candidates on how to move the nation forward.
Let us not make the mistake of looking at the messenger only without reflecting on the message.
Let it be about substance not mere form.
Once we have all passed through the rigors and excitement of campaigning, we should close ranks and stand united with our newly elected leaders to bring change and build a better Malaysia.
Let the party elections become a party-building exercise for our members and national confidence-building effort for all Malaysians.
The writer is the MP for Lembah Pantai
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Posted: 16 Sep 2010 10:54 PM PDT
BFM 89.9: Dr Azmi Sharom, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University Malaya, talks about the social contract, the concept of Ketuanan Melayu and the need for more freedom of speech in public universities. He is also the President of the UM Academic Staff Union.
Posted: 16 Sep 2010 01:52 PM PDT
From Stewart, via e-mail
Point 1: Religion
While there was no objection to Islam being the national religion of Malaysia there should be no state religion in North Borneo, and the provisions relating to Islam in the present constitution of Malaya should not apply to North Borneo
Point 2: Language
a. Malay should be the national language of the federation
b. English should continue to be used for a period of 10 years after Malaysia Day
c. English should be an official language of North Borneo for all purposes, state or federal, without limitation of time.
Point 3: Constitution
Whilst accepting that the present constitution of the Federation of Malaya should form the basis of the constitution of Malaysia, the constitution of Malaysia should be a completely new document drafted and agreed in the light of a free association of states and should not be a series of amendments to a constitution drafted and agreed by different states in totally different circumstances. A new Constitution for North Borneo (Sabah) was of course essential.
Point 4: Head of Federation
The Head of State in North Borneo should not be eligible for election as Head of the Federation
Point 5: Name of Federation
'Malaysia' but not 'Melayu Raya'
Point 6: Immigration
Control over immigration into any part of Malaysia from outside should rest with the central government but entry into North Borneo should also require the approval of the state government.
The federal government should not be able to veto the entry of persons into North Borneo for state government purposes except on strictly security grounds. North Borneo should have unfettered control over the movements of persons other than those in federal government employ from other parts of Malaysia into North Borneo.
Point 7: Right of Secession
There should be no right to secede from the Federation
Point 8: Borneanisation
Borneanisation of the public service should proceed as quickly as possible.
Point 9: British Officers
Every effort should be made to encourage British Officers to remain in the public service until their places can be taken by suitably qualified people from North Borneo
Point 10: Citizenship
The recommendation in paragraph 148(k) of the Cobbold Commission report should govern the citizenship rights in the Federation of North Borneo subject to the following amendments:
a) sub-paragraph (i) should not contain the proviso as to five years residence
b) in order to tie up with our law, sub-paragraph (ii)(a) should read '7 out of 10 years' instead of '8 out of 10 years'.
c) sub-paragraph (iii) should not contain any restriction tied to the citizenship of parents – a person born in North Borneo after Malaysia must be a federal citizen.
Point 11: Tariffs and Finance
North Borneo should retain control of its own finance, development and tariff, and should have the right to work up its own taxation and to raise loans on its own credit.
Point 12: Special position of indigenous races
In principle, the indigenous races of North Borneo should enjoy special rights analogous to those enjoyed by Malays in Malaya, but the present Malays' formula in this regard is not necessarily applicable in North Borneo
Point 13: State government
a) The Prime Minister should be elected by unofficial members of Legislative Council
b) There should be a proper ministerial system in North Borneo
Point 14: Transitional period
This should be seven years and during such period legislative power must be left with the state of North Borneo by the constitution and not be merely delegated to the state government by the federal government
Point 15: Education
The existing educational system of North Borneo should be maintained and for this reason it should be under state control
Point 16: Constitutional safeguards
No amendment modification or withdrawal of any special safeguard granted to North Borneo should be made by the central government without the positive concurrence of the government of the state of North Borneo.
The power of amending the constitution of the state of North Borneo should belong exclusively to the people in the state. (Note: The United Party, The Democratic Party and the Pasok Momogun Party considered that a three-fourth majority would be required in order to effect any amendment to the Federal and State Constitutions whereas the UNKO and USNO considered a two-thirds majority would be sufficient)
Point 17: Representation in Federal Parliament
This should take account not only of the population of North Borneo but also of its seize and potentialities and in any case should not be less than that of Singapore
Point 18: Name of Head of State
Yang di-Pertua Negara
Point 19: Name of State Sabah
Point 20: Land, Forests, Local government, etc.
The provisions in the constitution of the Federation in respect of the powers of the National Land Council should not apply in North Borneo. Likewise, the National Council for Local government should not apply in North Borneo.
Time KL honoured 20-Point Agreement, says BN senator
Posted: 16 Sep 2010 01:46 PM PDT
From Tamil Vanan, via e-mail
Actually Perkasa is destroying Umno and Barisan Nasional.
They (Ibrahim Ali) have raised a lot of racial issues which had hurt a lot of Malaysians. Please shut the door on Perkasa and tell them to go and fly a kite, You will see a lot of good things.
Najib to blame for Umno blunder with Perkasa
Posted: 16 Sep 2010 01:45 PM PDT
From E Wee, via e-mail
It has taken Chua Jui Meng about 35 years to speak up for Malays, Chinese and Indians and others.
Now, many things are not right with Umno, he says, but he has not mentioned anything about MCA, and his role in MCA in failing to help the poor and on how the party had failed to represent the Chinese majority who previously supported MCA.
Today, speaking is so cheap and anybody is willing to tell the world what is wrong, how and why it was wrong, but I am no part of it although I was with them all the time for 35 years.
Chua Jui Meng on Umno's hold on the Malays
Posted: 16 Sep 2010 01:44 PM PDT
Dari Er Teck Hwa, via e-mel
Pada awal pagi 16 September 2010, kesemua pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat Muar telah berkumpul di Dataran Tanjung Emas, Muar untuk menyambut ketibaan Hari Malaysia.
Para pemimpin Pakatan telah memegang bendera kesemua negeri dalam Malaysia ketika menyertai sambutan yang penuh bermakna ini. Selain itu, pemimpin Pakatan juga mengalu-alukan keputusan untuk memperingati Hari Malaysia dengan merasmikannya sebagai cuti umum negara.
Para pemimpin Pakatan telah tiba di dataran tersebut pada 11:30 malam, 15 September 2010. Sambutan untuk menyambut ketibaan Hari Malaysia (16 September) ini diketuai oleh bekas calon PKR kawasan Bukit Naning Haji Kusni Simon, AJK Angkatan Muda Keadilan Bahagian Muar, Ahmad Anwar Asyraf dan says sendiri sebagai ahli Parlimen Bakri.
Walaupun langit mencemburui kita dengan hujan lengai, namum ia tidak dapat memadam semangat para pemimpin PR untuk menyambut ketibaan Hari Malaysia.
Apabila masa sudah menjelang, maka para pemimpin telah melaungkan "Selamat menyambut Hari Malaysia" dan diiringi dengan suasana saling bersalaman antara para pemimpin PR. Walaupun acara ini disambut dengan ringkas dan mudah namum maknanya adalah tidak terhingga.
Pada tahun 2008, pemimpin PR Anwar Ibrahim pernah menjanjikan bahawa apabila PR berjaya memerintah Malaysia maka Hari Malaysia akan diisytiharkan sebagai cuti umum untuk mengingatkan Rakyat Malaysia mengenai makna Hari Malaysia.
Ketika dalam sidang parlimen pada 19 Oktober 2009, idea Anwar ini telah diambil oleh perdana menteri Najib Tun Razak untuk mengisytiharkan 16 September sebagai cuti umum di Malaysia.
Pengumuman ini membuktikan semangat PR iaitu berjuang demi kepentingan rakyat.
Hal ini juga menunjukkan sistem dua parti kini semakin terbentuk di arena politik negara dimana parti pemerintah kini menjadi lebih berhati-hati ketika melaksanakan sesuatu polisi negara serta bersetuju untuk menerima cadangan daripada parti pembangkang dalam melaksanakan sesuatu polisi.
Penulis adalah ahli Parlimen Bakri dari DAP
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